I am pretty well known for being all kinds of creative in my family. I bake, make invites, typographic signs, design, I draw zentangles, scrap-booking, digital scrap-booking and so on.
In April I was asked to make my niece’s birthday cake. It was going to be 2 tier and Hello Kitty themed.
Now, I have done a lot of baking before and have gotten lots of compliments but with this cake I was going way beyond and had to test my decorating skills. I have always worked with frosting but this baby… I needed fondant!
Being 100% honest, I was super excited to make this cake, however the closer I got the end the more frustrated I became which led to more swearing I would never do this again… Well that’s a lie and well, we all know it!!
Okay, So anyways….. Making fondant wasn’t actually has hard as one would think.
Now, to make one ball of fondant which covers your basic home made cake you will need the following.
» 1 Bag of mini Marshmallows (about 10 oz)
» 2 Tablespoons of water
» 4 cups of Powdered Sugar
» Food Coloring
The amount of ingredients can change based on how much you need. I needed a lot more with different colors, so the amount I used was a lot more.
First I added the bag of marshmallow’s to a bowl.
Then I poured 2 tablespoon’s of water over the top of the marshmallow’s.
I put the marshmallow’s in the microwave for about 30 seconds and the came out like this. I mixed them up a bit and put them back in the microwave for another 30 seconds. I did this until I got all the marshmallows somewhat melted. Mixing them is important, otherwise you could have whole piece’s still at the bottom.
This is about the consistency you would want for your marshmallows. If you plan to color, this is where you need to add the color. Be sure to add a good amount because the powdered sugar will lighten your fondant.
In another bowl I had my 4 cups of powdered sugar ready to go. I poured the marshmallows into the bigger bowl and started mixing right away. This is a process for sure. The marshmallow gets really messy and super sticky. Just keep mixing until all the sugar is mixed in. If you need to add more sugar, go for it!!
See, I did!!! =P
When rolling out be sure to add sugar to your counter top. I also found that butter helps and it didn’t alter the flavor of the fondant. =)
Roll out to your desire thickness. I found that making extra was a plus because you don’t want to go too think or your fondant will rip which can make you go stir crazy and just want to trash everything!
Here is a close up of the details on the cake. It’s far from perfect but I am super happy with it!
This is the final result.
Overall this was fun. I was upset and frustrated with my mistakes and the flaws of the cake. I cursed and swore I would never make a cake like this again! My first patch of marshmallow fondant was such a disaster I had to trash it and if you don’t believe me ask Alyssa Collazo, as I was on the phone with her laughing so hard I probably could of peed myself. My hands were covered in fondant and I could NOT get it off! It was such a mess!
But I probably would do this again.. More so if I was paid! =P